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Official Obituary of

Frank Linton

August 24, 1940 ~ March 11, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Frank Linton Obituary

Frank Linton passed away peacefully March 11, 2024, at the Dr. Gendreau Personal Care Home in Ste Rose Du Lac, Manitoba. He was 83.

Dad was born August 24, 1940, in Ste Rose to Guy Linton of Ochre River and Minnie Linton (Janssen) of Weener, Ostfriesland, Germany. He was raised on the family farm near Methley and attended Bluebell School. When not in school, Dad would enjoy hunting, fishing, trapping muskrats, riding one of his Harley Davidson 45s, or his 74.

Dad once told me that one of Grampa's saddest days was when Dad told him that he had a job at Laycock's Garage in Rorketon and was moving out. While working at Laycock’s, Dad stayed with Joe and Mary Storozinski and became lifelong friends with their son, Stan. Dad enjoyed this line of work, decided to pursue it as a career, and graduated from the Manitoba Technical Institute in Winnipeg with his Automotive and Heavy Duty Mechanics licences. By the early ‘60s Dad moved from Winnipeg to Dauphin where he worked at Dennison Motors (later Murdoch Chev Olds). The early ‘60s was a great time for car enthusiasts and Dad became a member of the Dauphin PaceMakers Car Club. The club had turned part of the old Paulson Airfield into a dragstrip and he would often race his ‘63 Ford Galaxie 390 fastback there. Playing pool was also one of Dad's favorite pastimes back then. They were great times! 

It was around this time that Dad met our Mom, Jeanette, and they were married December 31, 1965. They grew their family in 1966 with son, Greg, and Dale followed in 1971; the family also moved to the Linton farm in 1971. Dad built a shop on the farm and started Linton Auto Repair; he continued grain farming all while still working at Murdock Chev Olds! Along with his good friend, Cliff Cleave, they formed Dauphin's first Toyota dealership, Roadway Motors, in 1975. They operated this business together for a few years before Dad left to refocus his time on Linton Auto Repair and the farm, which he juggled for the next 10 years. During this hectic time between Roadway, his home business and farming, Dad still managed to find time to obtain his Private Pilots Licence! We have many fond memories of Dad taking us flying around Dauphin and Ochre, checking out the crops!

In 1989, Dad and Mom chose to take different paths. Shortly afterwards, Dad was presented with an opportunity to manage an aircraft engine shop for Perimeter Airlines in Winnipeg. At the time Dad knew nothing about turboprop engines so he was sent to Phoenix, AZ, for training on the Garret TPE 331. When he returned, Dad acquired his Aircraft Maintenance Engineer's licence. While at Perimeter, Dad grew their turbine engine shop from 150 sq. ft. to over 3000 sq. ft. and became both respected and well known in the US and Europe for his dedication and service. Dad semi-retired in 2011 and eventually moved back to Ste Rose in 2015 to reconnect with his many friends in the area. 

In Dad's younger years he loved to travel and experience different places. A few of his favorites were driving the tent trailer though BC, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Flying was his passion later in life and he loved to visit Arizona, Texas, and his lifelong friends Stan and Carol Storozinski in California. In retirement, Dad enjoyed good conversations with guys like Bobby Hull and Thomas Steen, but once the conversation turned to hockey, Dad would retire to his room as he wasn't a big fan! He never stopped trying to help people, fix things and try to make them better where he could. When he had time, Dad would take in the occasional car show. He always had time to ask about and enjoy time with his grandkids; he enjoyed trolling through the tacklebox and tell some fishing stories. I also can't leave out that Dad could BBQ the thickest, juiciest T-bone steaks you could imagine!

Our Dad was awesome and gave us a lot of valuable life tools and advice, even until the very end. He will forever be dearly missed by his two sons Greg (Lisa) of Calgary, AB, granddaughter Azura, and Dale (Tara) of Airdrie, AB, grandson Brady, and granddaughter Emery. 

A private service will be held at the Turtle River Cemetery.

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